Balgal - Beach in Balgal Beach Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Balgal QLD

The main Balgal Beach (840) lies 5 km from the highway and the small settlement parallels the northern kilometre of the beach. There is a store and caravan park as well as a boat ramp into the creek, which can only be used at mid to high tide. The beach... Read more

The main Balgal Beach (840) lies 5 km from the highway and the small settlement parallels the northern kilometre of the beach. There is a store and caravan park as well as a boat ramp into the creek, which can only be used at mid to high tide. The beach runs south-east for 9.5 km to the rocks of Douglas Hill. There are three additional access roads to the central portion of the beach; two of these are off the Balgal Road, with housing development occurring at each. The beach is backed by a low, grassy foredune and receives waves averaging 0.5 m that maintain a 50 m wide, moderate gradient high tide beach and a 100 to 200 m wide, low gradient low tide bar. Waves spill across a wide surf zone at mid to low tide, while rips, when present, are usually weak.

Swimming

It is a relatively safe beach with a wide, low gradient surf and usually low waves.

Surfing

Usually only low, spilling breakers that pick up with the Trades.

Fishing

Best in the creek and over the rock reefs at high tide.

General

Balgal is a quiet little settlement with limited tourist facilities, but close enough to the highway to warrant a visit.

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Balgal Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Balgal Beach, QLD 4816

Length:
9.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld0840

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Caravan park
  • Boat ramp

Weather

Sunday 22, Oct 6:13 am

Day 29°    Night 21°
19.5°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  26°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly to southeasterly about 10 knots. Winds tending northeasterly inshore during the afternoon and early evening.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
2.86m
3 am
0.92m
9 pm
2.44m
4 pm
1.52m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 23, Oct

Day 30°    Night 21°
Possible early shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the morning.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: 40% chance of showers in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Sunny afternoon.

Tide

10 am
2.69m
3 am
1.07m
10 pm
2.19m
5 pm
1.74m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm


Weather

Sun 22, Oct to Sun 29, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:40 pm
Mon 23rd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm
Tue 24th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:40 pm
Wed 25th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:40 pm

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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